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February 1, 2007

Vista and Office 2007 Postlaunch Odds and Ends – Day 2

Posted by David Hunter at 2:38 PM ET.

Microsoft today released Windows Mobile Device Center 6 for Windows Vista. It was one of the missing pieces noted yesterday and allows portable devices to synch with Vista PCs. reports that the Microsoft Home Use Program is broken for Vista and Office 2007. That’s the program where employees of Microsoft volume license customers get free Microsoft software for home use.

George Ou figures out a security exploit of Vista’s voice recognition feature that can actually be explained to the average person. More here.

Jim Allchin seems to be enjoying his retirement.

Bill Gates is on a European promotional tour for Vista and stopped by Bucharest to open a technical support center. As part of the festivities, the Romainian President told him that software piracy worked out great for his country.

Chris Pirillo says Microsoft: Give me a Million Dollars to market Windows Vista for you. He figures he can do it better and cheaper than the expensive and lackluster efforts so far. I don’t doubt it.

Mary Jo Foley says to forget the Vienna codename because Microsoft is internally calling the next client Windows OS ”Windows 7″ and the next Office will be “Office 14.” How incredibly boring! For those who have never had the joy of dealing with OSVERSIONINFOEX, Windows does have internal version numbers and 7 is up next. I’m sure there is something similar for Office, but I’ve never had the pleasure.

Filed under Bill Gates, Executives, General Business, Jim Allchin, Legal, Licensing, Marketing, Microsoft, OS - Client, Office, Office 2007, Office 2010, Piracy, Security, Windows 7, Windows Vista

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One Response to “Vista and Office 2007 Postlaunch Odds and Ends – Day 2”

  1. Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, February 9, 2007 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft’s Ben Fathi says Vista’s “no public codename” successor (until recently called Vienna) is coming in 2 to 2.5 years and will have some “fundamental piece of enabling technology” although Microsoft isn’t exactly sure what it is. There’s always WinFS! [...]

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